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Understanding Big Data: The Easy Way to Become Data Literate

Understanding Big Data: The Easy Way to Become Data Literate

The enterprise is driving up demand for data scientists, but all the evidence suggests a big shortfall in the number of professionals with the expertise to transform data into tangible business insights. This 'Big Data skills gap' was recently illustrated in Wikibon's Big Data manifesto “Big Data: Hadoop, Business Analytics and Beyond”, which warns that the United States is likey to “face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions” by 2018. The worry is that... more »
Boosting the Industrial Internet : Driving Best Practices into the Enterprise

Boosting the Industrial Internet : Driving Best Practices into the Enterprise

Al Sargent, Director of Product Marketing at Pivotal, discussed the company's Pivotal One product, development trends, and his take on the recently concluded Velocity conference, with theCUBE host John Furrier, live in Santa Clara. Pivotal's objective is to "enable the consumer Internet." Their goal is to take the technology and trends in the consumer segment and "rive them into the enterprise," so that they can have their own Google/Yahoo-grade type of infrastructure. Pivotal One, the company's main product, includes three different types of fabric services - the application fabric, the data fabric, and the cloud fabric. From the perspective of applying... more »
Backed By GE, Ayasdi Gets $30M To Automate Big Data Analysis

Backed By GE, Ayasdi Gets $30M To Automate Big Data Analysis

GE just can't say no to an attractive Big Data startup. Spurred on by its vision of revolutionizing industry with its Industrial Internet, it's invested hundreds of millions of dollars into Big Data initiatives that can help ito to better understand the maintenance needs of industrial equipment. It's first major play was its $105 million investment in Pivotal's platform-as-a-service, which was quickly followed by the launch of its own Predictivity analytics platform last month. Now, GE has put its money where its mouth is again, taking a stake in Big Data startup Ayasdi, which yesterday announced series B funding to the... more »
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Clustered Storage: Meeting Tomorrow's Data Storage Needs

SiliconANGLE has once again partnered with The Wikibon Project and storage service provider NetApp, hosting a #NetAppChat on Twitter this week. On the agenda? Clustered Storage: Meeting Tomorrow’s Data Storage Needs. George Crump at Search Storage wrote an insightful description of what was then a relatively new paradigm on the data storage front, clustered storage. In his January 2009 article, Crump heralded its arrival stating, “The technology can overcome several obstacles storage professionals face…including scale, performance, reliability, upgradeability and ease of administration.” Before the advent of clustered storage, organizations were made to choose between the two available traditional storage architectures. And often,... more »
Big Data And A Black Hat

Big Data And A Black Hat

In just over a week, Black Hat USA 2013 will be convening at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In this series, intended to preview many of the talks and presentations scheduled for the event, SiliconANGLE will focus on the exploitative vulnerabilities associated with big data and how those vulnerabilities can be limited. The first in our series focuses on a presentation by Dmitry Chastuhin, a student in the computer science department at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University and an SAP acknowledged security expert. His presentation, entitled ‘With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility: Practical Exploiting of MDX Injections’ will be held Wednesday,... more »
OS X Users Hit by Ransom Malware Posing as FBI

OS X Users Hit by Ransom Malware Posing as FBI

Hopefully by now the notion has been dispelled that Macs, iOS and OS X are inherently more secure because, well just because. All operating systems have security weaknesses and that is just a fact. If you’re not aware of this it’s easily explained in the fact that up until a handful of years ago, if you wanted the largest audience possible to exploit with malware, Windows was the biggest target by far. So the bad guys designed it that way. Things have changed though and alternative products like Apple's have gotten more attention from the parties that create and deliver... more »
Clustered Storage: Meeting Tomorrow’s Data Storage Needs | #NetAppChat Highlights

Clustered Storage: Meeting Tomorrow’s Data Storage Needs | #NetAppChat Highlights

Yesterday we teamed up one more time with storage service provider NetApp in our joint series with The Wikibon Project.  This week's #NetAppChat covered the topic: "Clustered Storage: Meeting Tomorrow’s Data Storage Needs.” As we did with the first #NetAppChat, "Where Does Software-Defined Storage Fit Into the IT Renaissance?", here is a recap of some of the best questions and answers from the virtual event. What types of storage challenges do application owners face to support their business critical applications? As the enterprise space evolves, its storage requirements evolve too.  Addressing the new needs of the enterprise, NetApp recently released Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, introducing... more »
Mobile Ultrasound Scanner is Poised to Revolutionize Healthcare Industry

Mobile Ultrasound Scanner is Poised to Revolutionize Healthcare Industry

Ultrasound scanners are used to image the human body for diagnostic purposes. However, the scanners that are widely used in hospitals and clinics and are usually fairly large, expensive, and therefore unwieldy. Now with wireless networks, Internet, connectivity, bandwidth capacities, the huge popularity of smartphones, and cloud computing--capable of storing enormous volumes of data--we have a convergence of tools that can be applied to medicine. American scientists have invented world’s first ultrasound imaging system for smartphones that uses wireless technology to transmit diagnostic scans. Once plugged into a smartphone or tablet, the MobiUS scanner provides an instant scan image on the mobile... more »
Telerik Sitefinity 6.1 Brings Lightweight Digital Asset Management to Empower Desktop Publishing

Telerik Sitefinity 6.1 Brings Lightweight Digital Asset Management to Empower Desktop Publishing

Telerik, known for its rich portfolio of solutions for application lifecycle management, and web-sites, has released a new version of its content management system Sitefinity 6.1 with unique capabilities for content writers to quickly find and edit digital assets without the need to navigate to them in the WCM backend. The latest Web Content Management (WCM) platform includes a lightweight Digital Asset Management (DAM) that helps power users the capability to change, update, and manipulate rich digital media assets. Sitefinity 6.1 also brings responsive navigation widgets with touch-friendly navigation for mobile devices using predefined CSS. “The Sitefinity 6.1 release is all about... more »
Galaxy Note 3 vs. HTC One Max : Phablet Rumors + Smartphone Scares

Galaxy Note 3 vs. HTC One Max : Phablet Rumors + Smartphone Scares

These days, phone manufacturer releases seem to be all about three things: a big phone but not big enough to be considered as a phablet, a smaller version of that phone for those who aren’t fond of lugging around a huge phone, then a phablet for those who see bigger things as better things. Samsung and HTC are both guilty of this.  First they released their flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, then Samsung released various variants of the S4 including the S4 mini, we’re still waiting on HTC to reveal the HTC One mini, but it seem... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.